Cooley: Redskins’ system is ‘carousel of calls’

Leave it to Chris Cooley to make sense of the structure behind the Washington Redskins play-calling. Cooley, who is out for the season with a broken ankle, offered some insight Tuesday into the goings on with the Redskins offense during an interview on SIRIUS NFL Radio.

“We have a really weird deal going on right now with the kind of rotation of who calls the plays to where it goes to who gets it and how it gets to Jason,” Cooley said. “It’s almost undheard of. The funny thing is, the last couple of weeks, the offense has looked better than it has.”

As Cooley explains, there appears to be very little direct communication between play-caller Sherman Lewis and starting QB Jason Campbell, both during the week and on game days.

“So then what happens is Sherman Lewis, who is our offensive consultant, will install the regular game plan, and then we go practice that,” Cooley said. “And then on Thursday, Jim Zorn will install the third down and then he’ll also install the run game. And apparently, because I haven’t really been there, is that Sherman Lewis never talks to Jason Campbell throughout the week.”

During games, Cooley goes on to explain, Lewis relays plays through offensive coordinator Sherman Smith, who communicates them to Campbell via numbers on a wristband Campbell wears.

“The funny thing is, is that when we want to call a run play, Sherman Lewis will call and say, ‘give me a run’ and then Sherman Smith has to pick a run and give that to Jason. So, it’s a carousel of calls.”

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